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Kim Newman

Kim Newman
Born Kim James Newman
(1959-07-31) 31 July 1959
London, England, UK
Pen name Jack Yeovil
Occupation Writer, film critic, journalist
Nationality English
Subject Film
Website
.comjohnnyalucard

Kim James Newman (born 31 July 1959)[1] is an English journalist, film critic, and fiction writer. Recurring interests visible in his work include film history and horror fiction—both of which he attributes to seeing Tod Browning's Dracula at the age of eleven—and alternate fictional versions of history. He has won the Bram Stoker Award, the International Horror Guild Award, and the BSFA award.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Non-fiction 2
  • Fiction 3
    • Novels 3.1
    • Short stories 3.2
  • Selected fiction 4
    • Novels 4.1
    • Short story collections 4.2
    • As "Jack Yeovil" 4.3
  • Awards 5
  • References 6
    • Footnotes 6.1
    • Citations 6.2
    • Bibliography 6.3
  • External links 7

Early life

Kim James Newman was born 31 July 1959 in Bridgwater, and set his experimental semi-autobiographical novel Life's Lottery (1999) in a fictional version of the town called Sedgwater. He studied English at the University of Sussex[3] and set a short story, Angel Down, Sussex (1999) in the area.

Non-fiction

Early in his career, Newman was a journalist on the City Limits listings magazine and Knave.

Newman's first two books were both non-fiction; Ghastly Beyond Belief: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book of Quotations (1985), co-written with his friend Neil Gaiman, is a light-hearted tribute to entertainingly bad prose in fantastic fiction, and Nightmare Movies: A critical history of the horror film, 1968–88 (1988) is a serious history of horror films. An expanded edition, bringing his overview of post-1968 genre cinema up to date, was published in 2011.

Nightmare Movies was followed by Wild West Movies: Or How the West Was Found, Won, Lost, Lied About, Filmed and Forgotten (1990) and Millennium Movies: End of the World Cinema (1999). Newman's non-fiction also includes the BFI Companion to Horror (1996).

Newman and Stephen Jones jointly edited Horror: 100 Best Books, the 1988 horror volume in Xanadu's 100 Best series, and also Horror: Another 100 Best Books, a 2005 sequel from Carroll & Graf, U.S. publisher of the series. Both books comprise 100 essays by 100 horror writers about 100 horror books and both won the annual Bram Stoker Award for Best Non-Fiction.[4]

Newman acts as one of several contributing editors to the UK film magazine Empire, as well as writing the monthly segment, "Kim Newman's Video Dungeon" in which he gives often scathing reviews of recently released straight-to-video horror films. He also contributes to Rotten Tomatoes, Venue, "Video Watchdog" ('The Perfectionist's Guide to Fantastic Video') and Sight & Sound.[5]

Newman is the author of the Doctor Who entry in the British Film Institute's book series on TV Classics.

Fiction

A feature of Newman's fiction is his fondness for reinterpreting historical figures (particularly from the entertainment industry) and other authors' characters in new settings, either realistic alternate-history or outright fantasy. Some of these characters (e.g. Steve Reeves [no relation] who played Superman and Hercules, respectively) in the novel Dracula Cha Cha Cha a.k.a. Judgment of Tears: Anno Dracula 1959.

Novels

Newman's first published novel was The Night Mayor (1989), set in a virtual reality, based on old black-and-white detective movies.[6] In the same year, as "Jack Yeovil", he began contributing to a series of novels published by Games Workshop, set in the world of their Warhammer and Dark Future wargaming and role-playing games. Games Workshop's fiction imprint Black Flame returned the Dark Future books to print in 2006, publishing Demon Download, Krokodil Tears, Comeback Tour and the expanded, 250-page version of the short story "Route 666". There are no plans for Newman to finish the series.

Anno Dracula was published in 1992. The novel is set in 1888, during Jack the Ripper's killing spree—but a different 1888, in which Dracula became the ruler of England. In the novel, fictional characters—not only from Dracula, but also from other works of Victorian era fiction—appear alongside historical persons. One major character, the vampire Geneviève Dieudonné, had previously appeared (in a different setting) in his Warhammer novels. (Newman has stated there are three versions of Geneviève: the Warhammer version, the Anno Dracula version and a Diogenes Club version who appears in the Seven Stars collection of linked stories and The Secret Files of the Diogenes Club.)

Anno Dracula was followed by the Anno Dracula series of novels and shorter works, that followed the same alternative history, including The Bloody Red Baron (set in World War I) and Dracula Cha Cha Cha (titled Judgment of Tears: Anno Dracula 1959 in the US). Some of the short stories are available online; see below. The fourth novel in the series was published in 2013 as Johnny Alucard.[7]

Other novels include Life's Lottery (1999), in which the protagonist's life story is determined by the reader's choices[8] (an adult version of the Choose Your Own Adventure series of children's books), The Quorum (1994), Jago (1991) and Bad Dreams (1990).

Newman wrote a Doctor Who novella, Time and Relative in 2001.

Short stories

Newman is a prolific writer of short stories; his first published story was "Dreamers", which appeared in Back in the USSA (1997), a collection of stories co-written with Eugene Byrne, set in an alternate history where the United States had a communist revolution in the early twentieth century and Russia did not.

Many of his stories—notably those collected in Seven Stars, The Man from the Diogenes Club, The Secret Files of the Diogenes Club, and Mysteries of the Diogenes Club—feature agents of the Diogenes Club, the gentlemen's club created by Arthur Conan Doyle for the Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter". In Newman's stories, it is a cover for a top-secret establishment of the British government, described as "an institution that quietly existed to cope with matters beyond the purview of regular police and intelligence services".

One sequence focuses on the adventures during the 1970s of psychic investigator Richard Jeperson; the stories homage various aspects of '70s British society, through adventures reminiscent of '70s television series such as The Avengers and Department S. (A version of the Diogenes Club also appears in the Anno Dracula series, complete with an alternative version of Jeperson. The Diogenes Club series, conversely, sometimes includes alternative versions of characters who first appeared in the Anno Dracula series.)

He contributed two short stories to Shadows Over Innsmouth (as Kim Newman and as Jack Yeovil), an anthology based on H P Lovecraft's The Shadow Over Innsmouth. The short story "Famous Monsters", in which a Martian left over from the invasion in H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds gets a job in Hollywood, was included on an information package sent to Mars by a US–Russian probe in 1994.

In 2011, Newman published Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles, a collection of seven stories about Professor James Moriarty, as told by his right-hand man, Colonel Sebastian Moran. Both Moriarty and Moran are developments of characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his Sherlock Holmes novels and stories; Moriarty appeared in "The Final Problem" and The Valley of Fear and Moran appeared in "The Adventure of the Empty House", which also mentions Moriarty. Each of the stories in this collection is inspired by, and riffs on, a major story in the Sherlock Holmes canon. The seven stories are:

Selected fiction

Novels

Short story collections

  • The Original Dr. Shade, and Other Stories (1994)
  • Famous Monsters (1995)
  • Back in the USSA (1997) (with Eugene Byrne)
  • Seven Stars (2000)
  • Where the Bodies are Buried (2000)
  • Unforgivable Stories (2000)
  • Dead Travel Fast (2005)
  • Diogenes Club Series
    • The Man from the Diogenes Club (2006)
    • The Secret Files of the Diogenes Club (2007)
    • Mysteries of the Diogenes Club (2010)
  • Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles (Titan Books, 2011; ISBN 9780857682833)

As "Jack Yeovil"

  • Warhammer setting
    • Drachenfels (1989)
    • Beasts in Velvet (1991)
    • Genevieve Undead (1993, three novellas published as a single book)
    • Silver Nails (2002, short stories)
    • The Vampire Genevieve (2005, compilation of the above four books)
  • Dark Future setting
    • Krokodil Tears (1990)
    • Demon Download (1990)
    • Route 666 (1993)
    • Comeback Tour (1991)
  • Orgy of the Blood Parasites (1994)

Awards

Newman has been nominated for the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award six times[nb 1] and for the World Fantasy Award seven times.[nb 2]

References

Footnotes

  1. ^ Kim Newman's Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award nominations include Best Article for 'Rediscovering Polanski' in Video Watchdog #108, 'Edgar Wallace: Your Pocket Guide to the Rialto Krimi Series' in Video Watchdog #134, and 'Suspense: The Lost Episodes' in Video Watchdog #140; Best Commentary for I Walked with a Zombie and Mark of the Vampire (both with Stephen Jones); and DVD Reviewer of the Year (for 2008)
  2. ^ Kim Newman's World Fantasy Award nominations include Best Novel for Anno Dracula; Best Collection for The Secret Files of the Diogenes Club; and Best Novella for Out of the Night, When the Full Moon Is Bright...; Coppola's Dracula; Soho Golem; The Man Who Got Off the Ghost Train and Cold Snap.

Citations

  1. ^ http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?Kim_Newman
  2. ^ Kim James Newman. Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2007.
  3. ^ http://www.crimetime.co.uk/interviews/kimnewman.html
  4. ^ a b c "Horror: 100 Best BooksBibliography: . Internet Speculative Fiction Database.
      "Horror: Another 100 Best Books"Bibliography: . ISFDB. Retrieved 2015-02-22.
      Select a "Title" for more data including a complete table of contents.
  5. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/profile/kimnewman
  6. ^ Clute and Grant 1997, p. 682.
  7. ^ "Kim Newman's Anno Dracula - Johnny Alucard cover art and release date unveiled". 
  8. ^ http://www.denofgeek.com/books-comics/lifes-lottery/32113/life-s-lottery-by-kim-newman-review
  9. ^ http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/85e7dfce-5904-11e4-9546-00144feab7de.html

Bibliography

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